CHENNAI : The CB-CID wing of Tamil Nadu police probing a baby-selling racket in Namakkal has said that buyers as well as middlemen would be brought under the probe ambit, even as the investigation revealed sale of 30 babies.
A CB-CID release said, “Following the probe so far, it has emerged that a total of 30 infants, including 24 baby girls, have been sold.”
A former nurse and an ambulance driver are among those arrested in the baby selling racket, the release said.
The release further said, “Widening its probe, the CB-CID wing will now bring the parents of the babies as well as the ‘buyers,’ besides middlemen, under the probe ambit.”
It said, “Steps have been taken to hold inquiries with parents of the kids, the middlemen, as well as those who allegedly “bought” the infants.”
The issue came to light after the police took up the probe into the authenticity of an audio clip where a retired nurse had claimed to have 30 years of experience in "selling” babies.
The clip went viral, prompting Tamil Nadu Health Secretary B. Rajesh to instruct the Director of the Health and Rural Welfare department to look into the accused former nurse's claim.
The case was transferred from district police to the CB-CID wing of Tamil Nadu police on April 29, 2019 for further investigation.